Brown Loses To Yale Despite Career High 30 Points From Tamenang Choh

\The Brown men’s basketball team used a 13-1 run late in the second half to cut Yale’s lead to one, but couldn’t seal the deal as the visiting Bulldogs claimed a 66-63 victory Monday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Trailing 59-46 with 8:07 remaining in the game, the Bears scored 13 of the next 14 points to climb back to 60-59. After two free throws by Yale pushed its lead back to three, Tamenang Choh again pulled the Bears within one at 63-62 with just 46 seconds to play.

On the ensuing Bulldog possession, Jaylan Gainey recorded his fifth block of the game, but the ball ricocheted off the glass and straight to a Yale player who sunk the second-chance layup. Brown missed a three on its next possession and two free throws by the Bulldogs all but iced the game, putting them up five with three seconds remaining. Choh sank one more basket as time expired, but it wasn’t enough.

“Every loss is hard and that’s a hard one there,” head coach Mike Martin said. “I think the stretch to start the second half till about midway through, we didn’t have a lot going offensively. Credit to Yale’s players and staff. They took advantage of some offensive situations with some really good offensive players: Swain, Gabbidon, Knowling.

“Our defense got us back in the game in the last ten minutes, but there were just too many possessions we can’t get back on both ends.”

Choh led Brown with a career-high 30 points, the first 30-point game in the grad student’s career. He also recorded his third double-double of the season as he grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Paxson Wojcik had 13 for the Bears and Kino Lilly Jr. had 11. Gainey had eight points, eight boards, and a season-high five blocks.

The Bulldogs built an eight-point lead early in the first half at 18-10, but the Bears would work their way back by outscoring Yale 16-5 over the next eight minutes to take a 26-23 lead. Gainey’s third block of the half followed by a Choh three and a Wojcik jumper capped off the run for Brown.

Yale eventually retook the lead in the waning minutes of the half, but two at the free throw line by Choh with under a minute to play shrunk the Bulldogs’ advantage to three, 35-32, headed into the break.

The Bulldogs pushed their lead to double digits at the 12:43 mark of the second. Brown would attempt to answer with a Lilly three at 9:44 to cut the deficit back to single digits, at 55-46, but four straight from Yale pushed it back to a 13-point margin at 8:06.

From that point on, Brown outscored Yale 17-7 with 13 of those points coming from Choh, but the comeback would stall there and the Bulldogs would have just enough at the end to claim the win.

The Bears will travel to Columbia next Saturday, Jan. 22 for a 2 p.m. matchup as they continue Ivy League action.

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